Council Meeting Features Officer Elections, New Delegates and the Louisiana Governor

Congratulations to our Council Executive Secretary-Treasurer Jason B. Engels for being unanimously re-elected to another four-year term as EST. Mr. Engels and his slate ran unopposed at todayís delegate meeting.

Mr. Engels collaborates daily with business, labor and industry to create a safe, productive, professional workforce that makes the regionís construction community more competitive and creates opportunities for a rewarding career that supports a good quality of life. Mr. Engels is also steering an aggressive recruitment campaign to attract and train more skilled carpenters to the area to address manpower opportunities in the industrial, infrastructure and commercial industry sectors.

Mr. Engels is a native of Louisiana, resides in Baton Rouge and attended Louisiana State University. He earned the position of Chief Executive Officer to lead the Central South Carpenters in 2004 by making his way through the ranks as a professional carpenter. He is well known in the construction community for his sound leadership, business acumen, and technical proficiency.†

Congratulations also to our new slate of council officers, who ran unopposed and were unanimously elected at today's Council meeting.† They are (left to right): Gary Warren, trustee; Ray Calamari, executive committee; Charles Davis, trustee; Alex Ornelas, warden, Kavin Griffin, vice president; Jason Engels, executive secretary-treasurer; Dwayne Young, president; John West, executive committee; Jeremy Hughes, trustee; Doug Wilkinson, executive committee. Not pictured is Troy Jupiter, conductor.

We were honored to welcome Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards to our Council meeting. Governor Edwards is a long-time friend of labor and has a firm understanding of the importance of supporting middle-class men and women as they work to support their families. Governor Edwards gave a spirited message and promised to continue working for the rights of Louisiana's blue-collar workers. Thanks for joining us, Governor!


Our meeting also featured the installation of delegates, both from the construction Locals and the industrial Locals of our Council. The full listing of those who earned this leadership position is detailed, below.